Laing And Psychiatric Schizophrenic Healing Autobiography Wisdom And Theories

By Donald Lewis


Psychiatrists and psychologists are often writers as well as health care professionals. In one case, the late and well known psychiatrist Ronald Laing is included in this category. For, Laing had a lot of experience in the overall field of psychiatry as explained in a partial psychiatric schizophrenic healing autobiography wisdom, madness and folly. The partial autobiography describes the psychiatrist and the non-conventional aspects of treatments provided throughout a lifetime.

Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist whom wrote entirely on the topic of psychosis and schizophrenia. In fact, the psychiatrists has received a number of film and book credits whether related to personal work or, the work of others. Most often, the body of work attributed to Laing is based on the unorthodox treatments and community built for clients with which the psychiatrist worked over the course of a lifetime.

Laing's views often ran counterclockwise to the ongoing treatments of orthodox psychiatry such as chemically based medications and electroshock therapy. In one case, because the psychiatrist and author looked at the feelings of clients as real experiences rather than symptoms. Whereas, when it came to psychosis, Laing viewed schizophrenia as theory rather than the fact.

While labeled as anti-psychiatry by society at large, Laing rejected such labeling. At the same time, the psychiatrist was also labeled as being conservative with regards to political affiliations. For, Laing was often regarded as a New Left thinker.

Mad to Be Normal, a film released in 2017 focuses on the life of Laing and the field of psychiatry in the 1960s. One of the main aspects being to shine a light on the unorthodox methods of treatment being provided at the time, many which were more successful than others. While this is the case, this is just one film in a library of a number of books and films in which Laing has received such credit.

Even as a child, Laing was thought to be clever, competitive and precocious whether related to reading, writing, sports or music, Laing often took the road less traveled. A road which eventually led to the Royal College of Music, then later, the University of Glasgow. It was at the latter where the young Laing failed the exams, then spent six months working in a mental ward before retaking and passing the exams.

During medical school, Laing also started a Socratic Club, appointing well known Philosopher, Bertand Russell as president. After which, Laing became involved in different areas of psychiatry, always pushing for unconventional treatments. Actually, advocating for new and unorthodox treatments was something Laing continued up until passing away in 1989.

Ultimately, Laing's colleagues throughout a long career characterized the psychiatrist as being conservative. For, most disagreed with the psychiatrist with regards to the overwhelming opposition to orthodox treatments. Whether electroshock therapy or new medications being released at the time, Laing remained strongly opposed compared to others in the mental and medical health care fields throughout life until passing away in 1989.




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